A personal trainer is someone who has dedicated their careers to the positive improvement of other people lives. They live and breath health and fitness. You go to an accountant for your finances, a mechanic for your car and an electrician for your appliances. Why wouldn’t you ask a professional to help with the most important thing in life…your health and fitness?
I firmly believe that EVERYONE would benefit from having a personal trainer guide them with their health and fitness. The world’s best athletes, politicians, businessmen/women and even celebrities all have professionals to guide their health…why can’t the everyday person?
For too long, having a personal trainer has been seen as a luxury, something that only a select few are lucky enough to have, and if you have one you can be seen as indulgent and spoiling yourself. Some of this comes down to tall poppy syndrome, jealousy or even a lack of understanding as to what having a personal trainer really means.
So what are the benefits of having a personal trainer?
Knowledge. A trainer who has dedicated their life to health and fitness has a wealth of knowledge on correct nutritional habits and exercise prescription. Finding the right trainer in this respect is crucial. If you invest time in to finding the right trainer, you will be rewarded with someone who can absolutely change your health, fitness and life.
Someone in your corner. Having someone who is not only cheering for your result, but also incredibly motivated and driven by them makes the world of difference. They will be there for you every step of the way to help you through any issues that you may have. It is always much easier to achieve a goal when you have someone driving you to achieve them!
Accountability. Having a personal trainer means that you are accountable, you have someone to answer to and this can often be the difference between long-term success and a constant rollercoaster ride. It is easy to be motivated on a short-term basis, but keeping that long-term can be challenging. A personal trainer keeps you accountable to your goal all the time
Avoid Injury. A personal trainer with the right knowledge and experience has the ability to guide you through new movements, focusing on technique and correct exercise prescription. Injury is a sure-fire way to derail ongoing results, make sure you know what to do and how to do it. If you do not, then you need to find a professional that can help.
Avoid the Plateau. Understanding when and how to change your program is vital to ongoing success. An experienced personal trainer recognizes warning signs and can provide strategies to ensure that a plateau does not occur
It is more than just exercise. Balance is vital to success. An experienced personal trainer will also focus on nutrition, stress levels, sleep, emotions and life-balance when catering for your goals and training plan. A holistic approach to health and fitness is a sure-fire way to have a great life balance
But what about the cost??
The biggest objection that is often brought up when it comes to personal training is the cost. So many people believe that this is something that is just too expensive for them to undertake. If the above benefits are not enough to highlight how a personal trainer can change your life, then you need to think about the costs involved in not taking care of your health and fitness.
Think of it as an investment!
It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:
- up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
- up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
- up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer.
- Not to mention the saved costs on:
- knee replacement
- ship replacements
- lower blood pressure
- long-term stress reduction, and other lifestyle disease that can all be reduced through exercise.
All of these figures WILL end up costing you much more, not only financially but also physically, mentally and emotionally.
When you look at those numbers…can you afford to not invest in your health and fitness??
It is very important to make the right decision when looking for a personal trainer…
The health and fitness industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia and this is a wonderful thing to happen. It also means that there are thousands of personal trainers out there to choose from. If you want to ensure that your health and fitness is being entrusted to someone who will take care of you, then there are some key factors that you need to take in to account.
Career. The average lifespan of a personal trainer in the health and fitness industry is about 18 months. Very few make it past 3 years and an even smaller amount make it past 5 years. It is vitally important you find a trainer who foresees personal training as a long-term career. If they believe this, they will have passion, and passion trumps just about anything.
Knowledge. There are so many different areas of health and fitness that a personal trainer can focus on. Take in to account what your goal is, and find a trainer whose knowledge aligns with that. If you want to lose weight, find someone whose area of expertise is weight loss. If you want to gain strength, find a trainer who focuses on strength & conditioning. The closer your trainers’ knowledge is aligned to your goals, the higher chance of success.
Respect, Rapport and Reliability. These 3 R’s are crucial to an ongoing lifestyle change. When you have a personal trainer you both must have respect for each other, you must listen to what they have to say and the advice that they give, and they must respect you in the same way. You also have to have a great level of rapport. If you do not get on with your trainer or your trainer doesn’t get on with you then long-term success just won’t happen. Reliability is the third ‘R’ and can be the make or break. If you cannot rely on your trainer to show up for sessions, deliver the correct advice and be the role model that is required to get the result you need, then everything will fall apart. Also if your trainer cannot rely on you to show up for your sessions, then they will often either move you to a different trainer, or lose passion towards helping you achieve your goal.
Having a personal trainer can only lead to positive outcomes, you are actively investing in your current health, but also your future quality of life. You may not need a personal trainer every week for the rest of your life, but having one throughout your life will only improve it. So what is stopping you from allowing a professional help you with your health and fitness??
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